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Clean VHF/CB radio installs

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by FoleySwampPlotts, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. May 19, 2016 at 11:17 AM
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    nortonian

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    Does anyone make and sell that bracket?
     
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  2. May 19, 2016 at 1:29 PM
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  3. May 19, 2016 at 2:45 PM
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  4. May 20, 2016 at 7:07 AM
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    hi Strazz,


    it's hard to open the roof lining to drill the NMO hole and pass the RF coax?

    Some pics of this portion of your installation?

    thank's

    73 '
     
  5. May 20, 2016 at 7:16 AM
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    Not hard, but time consuming. It's nearly identical to dropping the headliner on the second generation, so I didn't get pictures. I loosened both sides, but in retrospect I'd probably do the driver's side only and see if it works. I wanted extra space to look to make sure I wasn't going to interfere with the sunroof (there's actually plenty of room, my antenna sits above the glass when it's open). Running the coax down the driver's C pillar was pretty easy, but have some high temp duct tape on hand to secure it to the roof.
     
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  6. May 20, 2016 at 11:58 AM
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    I think it looks good on some trucks, however I don't really want to put it back at the tailgate. I would prefer to put it up front close to the cab.
     
  7. May 20, 2016 at 12:30 PM
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    ok, thank's for this info! I installed my Kenwood D710 under the passenger seat, and my Taco hasen't no sunroof, I guess it will be faster.

    thank's for the cue!

    I am in a good way with this video ?
     
  8. May 24, 2016 at 5:43 AM
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    It's close. There are a few differences, but they'll be pretty obvious. Good luck!
     
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  9. May 24, 2016 at 5:50 AM
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    I fab'd this one up in 30 minutes. *Note: full installation does include the stud mount.

    image.jpg image.jpg
     
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  10. May 27, 2016 at 11:17 PM
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  12. May 31, 2016 at 9:37 PM
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    I do the NMO hole for a Larsen NMO2/70B dual Band antenna


    For future roof bars, I decided to put the antenna back rather than in the center. Not ideal for antenna radiation, but it is a compromise.



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    Inside the back roof before drill the NMO hole (OEM Shark Antenna mount)

    For access inside the roof, I removed the central part of the C pillar and the rear (where are the seatbelts), only on the passenger side (central and rear)



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    Rock on!


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    NMO hole


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    hole inside the roof


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    I passed the coax on the completely back side of the seatbelt (rear passager side), not in the C pillar

    To avoid harming the airbags in the top of the C pillar

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    C pillar passager side open
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    SWR in the 70cm Band


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    SWR in the 2m Band


    I'll be back with pictures of the Kenwood D710 installation under the front passenger seat.

    73'
     
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  13. Jun 1, 2016 at 5:05 PM
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    image.jpg The head of a Kenwood TM71a mounted on a Tech Deck.image.jpg image.jpg
    A three inch NMO mount from Breedlove Mounts with a Larson 20/70 Antenna.image.jpg
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    The radio is mounted in the brackets for the inverter. I removed the inverter and the first section of it's wiring harness. Speakers are two tiny Roadpro units side by side in the alcove in front of the stick shift.image.jpg image.jpg
     
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  14. Jun 1, 2016 at 7:12 PM
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    Can you post where you mounted your speaker? I got one I gotta install looks like yours
     
  15. Jun 2, 2016 at 2:35 AM
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    Awesome write up and pictures. Look forward to more.
     
  16. Jun 2, 2016 at 6:23 AM
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    I will get a photo later today, but I put it under the dash, facing down, on the drivers side, just above my shins. I tywraped it up so you can't see it or hit it with your legs, but it is flush with the bottom of the dash. I can hear it fine and it is up and out of the way.
     
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  17. Jun 4, 2016 at 8:05 PM
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    What are you using to take your SWR readings? Looks like a great way to do them!
     
  18. Jun 5, 2016 at 5:01 AM
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    it's a Bird AT-500
    but it's expensive .... over $1K.... good toy for professional telecom technician..

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    I do course management for a race company so having the ability to talk with the HAM's working SAG is always great. I was using my Yeasu handheld with a small magnet mount but it became cumbersome so I decided a little upgrade was needed.. Picked up a BFTECH UV 5001 and a better Mag mount I was originally going to place it in the QI charging area but it was a bit too long and would interrupt my coffee placement. I spent some time trying different placements and finally figured out that right next to my leg was the perfect spot for me. I didn't want to drill holes so I went with heavy duty double sided 3M tape and it is holding up great even in the heat. Ran the coax straight back under the center console and back seats right out the sliding rear window :) So far working great and 50W is much better than the 8W I was pushing with my handheld :) Currently I am wired straight to the battery but I am thinking I want to put a relay into the loop so that power is only available with the vehicle on (don't want to forget to turn it off and have the battery drained)

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  20. Jun 5, 2016 at 8:37 AM
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    Thanks, sweet to have that!
     

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